Maths at Willow
On this page you will find out more about what we teach in maths across school and how we teach it. The document below shows you an overview of the objectives that are taught in each year group in maths. Mr. Parkinson is our maths Leader and will be happy to answer any questions you have about the teaching of maths in school.
We are excited to use a Mastery approach to teaching Maths across our school. We primarily use the White Rose Maths Hub schedule and resources, however, teachers are free to be creative in their approach to bringing Maths to life for our pupils.
We encourage structured approach to how our teachers plan maths so that all Maths lessons include the development of Oracy through 'Talk Tasks', partner work and independent learning are all integral to our Maths lessons. We know this approach enables our children to learn new concepts, practise them and apply them in different contexts to deepen their confidence and understanding.
- Have opportunities to use, extend and test ideas, thinking and reasoning.
- Explore maths and look for patterns, rules and properties, leading to an understanding of mathematical rules.
- Talk about maths to adults and children, and have space and time to think about ideas and methods, or to ask questions.
- Use mathematical vocabulary and use symbols, images, diagrams and models to support problem solving and reasoning.
- Use and apply mathematics in and beyond the classroom, making links to wider contexts.
- Calculate with accuracy and efficiency and be able to check their own solutions.
- Review and take responsibility for their own learning, making suggestions and following their own ideas regularly.
- Use effective feedback from teachers or from other pupils to improve their work.
Our children practise mental maths and arithmetic on a daily basis in our 'Maths Masterclasses' , we use Mathletics and Times Tables Rockstars too. They both support learning in school and at home.
What We Teach
The document below gives you an overview of the National Curriculum for maths. This sets out the mathematical concepts that children should be taught in each year group.
We teach maths following the units provided by the White Rose Maths Hub. We ensure that in our maths lessons children have opportunities to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving and emphasise the importance of using concrete resources to help children really understand concepts.
The link below takes you to the White Rose Maths Hub website where you can download the plans for each year group. Teachers at Willow use these to form the underlying structure of their teaching but adapt the plans to suit the needs of the learners in their classes.
Also, you can download an overview for each year group to see the units that are taught across the year. These may sometimes vary slightly depending on the needs of the children in the class.
How We Teach
At Willow we use the six-part lesson. This consists of:
- Do Now
- New Learning
- Talk Task
- Develop Learning
- Independent Task
The purpose of the Do Now task is to consolidate previous learning. The New Learning section introduces the main learning for the lesson, beginning by sharing the lesson’s key vocabulary with the pupils. The talk task allows talking about math’s and comprehension to be developed, and provides opportunities to use mathematical language. The Develop Learning segment is designed to mirror the New Learning earlier in the lesson, but aims to move the pupils’ learning on further and deepen their understanding. The Independent Task gives pupils the opportunity to practise their Develop Learning by working independently. The Review part allows the children to demonstrate what they have understood and learnt, reflect on learning, and also allows the teacher to gather evidence for assessments and plan for future learning.
The approach also involved teaching in mixed ability groups, running Maths Master Classes and pre and post learning interventions. Maths Masterclasses provide an opportunity to teach and revise 'general knowledge maths' which may not explicitly be covered during the maths lesson, and also allows the daily integration of maths into the surrounding environment. This means that pupils are practising concepts and skills on a regular basis, meaning they are continually building on their mastery of these concepts.